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FAU Thanks Sponsors Contributing to ‘Making Waves Gala’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 24, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University will host the “Making Waves Gala,” one of Boca Raton’s most distinctive “see and be seen” events, on Saturday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin F. and Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower of FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Proceeds will provide scholarships and support for veterans and first generation students.FAU has secured more than 60 sponsors for the gala, including corporations, local businesses, alumni and friends of FAU.

“On behalf of the host committee, I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of FAU’s ‘Making Waves Gala,’” said Joanne Davis, interim vice president for community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation. “The ‘Making Waves Gala’ is an opportunity for our friends in the local community to join us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment, while raising funds to support our military veteran students, as well as those who are the first in their families to attend college.”

The Americana-themed party will span multiple levels of FAU Stadium and will dazzle the senses with gourmet dining, full open bar, live music from Motown to jazz, a “halftime” extravaganza with fireworks and more. Live and silent auctions will feature items such as a $10,000 Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree, a stadium suite for 20 at an FAU home football game, golf outings, jewelry, sports memorabilia, vacations, a 60-minute helicopter tour, a day of high performance sports car racing at Sebring International Raceway, and two tickets to the Tony Awards in New York City.

Commander in Chief ($100,000+) sponsors are Marilyn and Jay Weinberg and Marianne Lerner.

Admiral ($50,000+) sponsors are Sally and Aubrey Strul.

Colonel ($25,000+) sponsors are FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Boca Raton.

Lieutenant ($15,000+) sponsors are Florida House Experience; Shirlee Jacobs and JWR Construction Services, Inc./Gallo Herbert Architects.

Warrant Officer ($10,000+) sponsors are ADT Security Services; BB&T; Chartwells; Designs by Sean; Dirt Pros of Fort Lauderdale; Florida Power & Light; Patricia and Mark Gordon; JM Family Enterprises; and SFL Productions.

Master Sergeant ($5,000+) sponsors are Shelly and Arthur Adler; BNY Mellon; Mark N. and Marcie Butters; Daniel and Debra Cane; Coca-Cola; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Constantine/Merrill Lynch; GEICO; JKG Group; J. Randy and Rosemary Justice; Stewart and Wendy Martin; Pat and Gary McKay/Templeton & Company; Dr. and Mrs. Sasson Moulavi/Smart for Life; Pechter Family Foundation; Premier Beverages; Laurie Silvers, Hollywood Media Corp.; Sports Field Management; University Club of the FAU Foundation, Inc.; and Evelyn Weinberger.

Chief Petty Officer ($2,500+) sponsors are AAA Parking; Bruce and Carolyn Allen; Balfour Beatty Construction; Braman Motorcars; Bubes Family Foundation, Inc.; CSC Security; James A. Cummings, Inc.; Michael L. and Joanne Davis; Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold; Michael and Mindy Feldman; Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Friedman; Nora and Irwin Friedman; Gloria Haft Furman; Ivan Gefen/Morgan Stanley; Lee and Peg Greenspon; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gregory; Hanley Center; Johnson Levinson Ragan Davila, Inc.; Kaufman Lynn Construction; Emilio Lebolo/Lebolo Consulting Services Group; Robert and Constance McGee; PGAL; James Riordan, Ph.D. ’09/FAU MBA–Sport Management; Bob and Shirley Rollins; Show Pro; Chris and Deanna Wheeler; Rhys and Lorna Williams; and Tom and Maureen Workman.

 The gala host committee chairs are Marilyn and Jay Weinberg. Co-chairs are Mark and Marcie Butters and Marianne Lerner.

Tickets are available for $150 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 561-297-6144, email  or visit .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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